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Royal Detroit artist paints colorful vision of peace

“If you want to talk about balance, a balance of colors is always the best in order to facilitate a nice living environment,” says Her Highness Princess Sherry Selassie-Young, a master painter, humanitarian, and descendant of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. “Or you could stress one color over another if you’re ill, or if you’re depressed, or if you’re stressed or something of that nature. But balance ...

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‘The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture and Style’ 

They should have called you Super Fly. Yep, that’s what you were, dancing in front of your TV every Saturday morning, spinning on the carpet and waving your arms around until you got yelled at because you were “going (to) break something.” But you were the flyest of fly. The only thing you were going to bust was a move, just like on “Soul Train.” And in “The Hippest Trip in America” by Nelson George, you’ll ...

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Detroit Sound Conservancy presents ‘Conserving Sounds, Telling Stories’

The Detroit Sound Conservancy is attempting to fill a hole in the history of Detroit music. The DSC is an organization bringing together collectors and archivists to help preserve the history of the songs of the Motor City — and the musicians who made them — for generations to come. On May 23, the group will present its first conference “Conserving Sounds, Telling Stories” at the Main Branch of the Detroit ...

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Farrakhan to serenade the Motor City

Louis Eugene Wolcott was a violin prodigy, who played with both the Boston College Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony by the time he was only 13 years old. The charismatic youth continued to perform and win awards, expanding his repertoire to include singing and dancing. As a young adult, Wolcott earned a living as a calypso entertainer,performing under the monikers Calypso Gene and the Charmer. ...

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DJ Jay Daniel at Movement Festival

Detroit is well known for producing some of the best electronic music artists in the world. Its tradition continues with up-and-coming artist Jay Daniel. At age 23, Daniel has been a DJ and producing music for the past four years, quickly gaining notoriety and respect among his peers. On May 24, he will be featured at 1515 Broadway as a part of an after-party for the Movement Electronic Music Festival. Dani ...

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Painter Steve Locke returns home with evocative solo exhibition

Curator Helen Molesworth has called Steve Locke’s paintings on bodiless heads, many with their tongues sticking out, “alternately disturbing, comical, vulnerable and sensual.” The bright polychrome paintings, part of Locke’s upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit titled, “There’s No One Left to Blame,” are mounted on various pillars and poles, hovering over or looking up at exhibition ...

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‘Twisted Storytellers’ keep reality entertainment real

Although less than two years old, the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers has already been lauded by the Detroit City Council and awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Award. SSTS, a live monthly storytelling event, is the brainchild of playwright, author, comedienne and musician Satori Shakoor. Shakoor, who also hosts the SSTS events, is masterful storyteller herself — National Public Radio’s the Moth Radio ...

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Detroit was important to Malcolm X’s past

A deeper look at the life of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated Black leaders will be available to metro Detroiters May 18. The Black Scroll Network History and Tours presents Beyond Detroit Red: The Detroit History of Malcolm X Bus Tour. The ride around the city will be a unique opportunity for participants to relate their own history in Detroit with the life of a man who broke ground for liberation ...

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Ride with muralist Hubert Massey!

Working in largest scale — in fresco and mosaic like Michelangelo — Hubert Massey projected his polychrome vision of Detroit and its people onto locations across the city and region. In 2011, Massey was awarded a prestigious Kresge Fine Arts Fellowship and more recently a honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from Grand Valley State University. On May 31, Massey himself will guide a bus tour through the city show ...

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